- Nov 26, 2020
The bishops in the United States say the new American Health Care Act falls short of those obligations imposed on us by Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, because it contains proposals that would be disproportionately harmful to the poor and to immigrants. We have a choice: Take the words of Jesus seriously, or accept what is convenient to us in Christ’s message while rejecting Christ himself.
On Sunday, an agreement was reached between the House and Senate on an Omnibus bill, a funding bill for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year that could be voted on this week. The bill would increase funding for international famine relief, but would not cut funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are considering changing legislation to allow religious organizations to endorse political candidates. But is that a good idea? Churches will divide congregations, give tacit approval to immoral activity, and weaken their moral voice if they get in the political endorsement game, according to Father Matthew P. Schneider.
It is now possible for states to redirect Title X family planning funding away from clinics that perform abortions, such as planned parenthood. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, overruling what some consider the previous administration’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.”
“We’ve just been dismissed,” Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, said about the Republican process of writing the AHCA, noting that she attended a few small group meetings on Capitol Hill, but “they were not meetings to get our input on what ought to be done with the bill but meetings to tell us what was going to be done. This has just been railroaded through Congress.”
At a conference at Catholic University of America, just north of Capitol Hill, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley called affordable health care “foundational” and warned government leaders that they had a “moral obligation” not to deprive people of health insurance.